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Table 2 Partner strategiesa with large differences in endorsement between panels

From: Enhancing reciprocal partner support to prevent perinatal depression and anxiety: a Delphi consensus study

Strategy Endorsed by consumers as “Essential” or “Important” (%) Endorsed by professionals as “Essential” or “Important” (%) Difference (%)
• If their partner is experiencing problems with anxiety, partners should encourage them to consider taking supplements such as magnesium and calcium, as these are effective in reducing anxiety 71.4 33.3 38.1
• If their partner is resistant to going out, partners should think of things that they can do together in the home that give them a break from parenting, e.g., board games, watching a movie 95.2 67.6 27.6
• Partners should be aware that there is very little they can do to help the child-bearing mother during labor 47.6 20.5 27.1
• Partners should help with the cleaning 90.5 63.9 26.6
• Partners should help with housework before having to be asked by the primary caregiver 95.2 69.4 25.8
• Partners should try to get outdoors together with the baby as much as possible 90.5 64.7 25.8
• Partners should help the primary caregiver with preparing meals, e.g., food shopping, cooking, clearing the table 90.5 66.7 23.8
• Partners who are working should telephone their partner from work, or drop in for lunch occasionally if they work close to home 76.2 52.9 23.2
• Partners should monitor each other for withdrawal or change in mood 85.7 62.5 23.2
• If their partner is experiencing depression, partners should also seek professional help for themselves 85.7 62.5 23.2
• Partners should be prepared to listen even if they feel that they are hearing the same things over and over 100.0 76.9 23.1
• Partners should challenge negative thinking by pointing out situations or tasks that their partner has handled well 95.2 74.3 21.0
• Partners should set aside quiet time to spend together while the baby is sleeping, even if it is only for 10 min 100.0 79.4 20.6
  1. aStrategies with at least a 20 % difference in endorsement